Can I Get A Snowflake??

I feel like it’s snowing everywhere but Chicago.  :-/

Snow would totally make my day right now.  I mean, it’s almost Christmas and I barely have to wear a coat outside.  It’s just ridiculous.

Had to take matters into my own hands. Smile

La Palm Gel II – “By The Bay”  (No-chip gel polish)
w/ hand-painted snowflakes, gold & iridescent glitter

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…..snow….. continued

I really do love snow…. Smile and I wanted to give my right hand some air time.

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IMG_2714the only down side to this snow thing is that it is FREEZING outside….. and windy. The wind chill is killing me.  And since they have cleared out a lot of the snow,  now it’s just blah.          

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SNOW!!!! ……finally

I couldn’t wait to get snow again…. like REAL snow…. so-I-can’t-drive-to-work snow; need snowplows and boots snow; may have to leave work early snow!!!

And even though they aren’t forecasting a blizzard or a very large accumulation…. I’m still crossing my freshly manicured fingers – well, nails – in the hopes of the forecast just being WRONG, and flakes blanketing this place into halting.

Snow is so calming to me.  And at the same time, excites me.  I might even like it more than sunny days…. but that race is definitely neck & neck.

There was obviously no question about what theme would cover my nails…. it was more a query of how the interpretation would play out….

I went with the typical, and with shimmery silver….. but I tried my first “gradient” and “sponging” manicure.  There. will. be. repeats.  TRUST. ME.

It turned out to be much easier than I expected and I love the look.

I used OPI “Moon Over Mumbai” as my base.IMG_2684
Then sponged on:

Color Club “Sheer Disguise”
OPI “What’s With The Cattitude”
Essie “Coat Azure”
China Glaze “Sky High-Top”
Sinful Colors “Midnight Blue”

I used a white nail art striper (and a silver glitter one to add to one snowflake on my ring fingernail) to create my snowflakes.  White polish with a tiny dotting tool for random dots of snow falling, and  Sinful Colors “Queen of Beauty” for some shimmer over the snowflakes.

Sounds like a lot, and I definitely didn’t need to use that many blues…but it was still faster than some of my “regular” manicures!!

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Snow!

When I saw the snowflakes “falling” on the main page of the blog site (yay!), I immediately got excited.  I LOVE snow.   Love is an understatement.

Now mind you, I’ve been practicing good snowflake designs for like two weeks.  And still no presentable snowflakes in sight for my nailbeds. 😦

Now this one from cutepolish vids is adorable….

…. and though I love her designs, and I love using my dotting tool – it seemed too simplified for my lofty expectation of my artistic ATTEMPTS…  As I still haven’t mastered even a “neat” snowflake.


then I found this snowflake tutorial.   I liked. More dots, but it was a tiny bit more complicated.


I ended up with a sort of in-between snowflake from the two… and I could only withstand the painstaking task on the fingernails of my ring fingers…. this nail art is work! Smile  I used the appropriately named “Avalanche” for the base color, and white polish with a very skinny nail striping art brush for the snowflake.  I used a glitter polish with a dotting tool for some sparkly spots. When it actually snows here in Chicago [I wish it would hurry up and snow!!], I’m doing a snowflake design – again.  (does this one count?)

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